Dive deep into the wine world and pedal around the foothills of the Andes. Cousiño Macul winery happens to be world-famous and our vinicultural playground on this 2 hour outing. Pedal 45 minutes through a vineyard so old that the city has grown up and around it. Then walk amongst the barrels of the family’s personal wine collection, aka 100 year old bodega. Take a selfie in front of this majestic french cellar. Stories and wine worth savoring is the theme of this tour. Put this on your screensaver or instagram for friends to envy you: riding a green bike, while on vacation, in the middle of a vineyard, with the Andes towering over you.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? There is an oasis inside Santiago, and it is this family-owned vineyard called Cousiño Macul. You can go there with 44 other tourists on a tourist bus… or be more green, local and have a lot more fun by doing it on a bike with La Bicicleta Verde. This 2 hour adventure is carried out within Santiago city limits and thus easily accessible by the city’s metro. You’ll learn the wine making process both past and present. No better way to escape the city for a few hours and breathe in this fresh grapeful air!
Why cycle with us? We give you access inside the winery that no one else has. We are the ONLY bike tour allowed inside CousiñoMacul Vineyard. We chose it because (1) it’s centrally located and therefore more cost-friendly since you can arrive by metro, and (2) because being family-owned is important to us… and to them! The green gurus (aka your local guides) know everything from seed to grape to the water of god’s! BTW: We have fine-tuned this tour inside grape heaven since we designed the experience in 2012, so our promise is that this tour gets better with each harvest. Our wine gurus are bilingual, love wine and do not pass out generic, scripted tour info! If you’re still not convinced by this tour that’s ok, we got maaaad references. Check us out on TripAdvisor.
Who should NOT take this tour? Our list of people who hate our tours states clearly in #3 that hard-core cyclists will be unhappy with our 4-5 km route. This tour is about 45-60 minutes of extremely gentle riding. If you wear bike shorts to this outing, you will be disappointed. Also people looking for the cheapest deal, #6 on our list, should take a big bus tour for half the price. We charge a price to make bike tours viable over the long term for our city, the staff and the vineyard. Demanding customers are not good for the company’s longevity nor for the fun part of the job. 3 of our managers started their internship with us and decided to make a career out of this. Don’t treat us like Walmart.
- Start TimeBetween 9 - 3 (Subject to Avalibility/ Closed on Sunday)
- Price$145 USD (Ask for a discount with groups over 5)
- Duration2 hours
- AvailabilityThe Vineyard is open from Mondays - Saturday (closed on Sundays)
- StartViña Cousino Macul. You get there by metro + taxi. Bikes are waiting at the vineyard! We can arrange pick up for an extra charge with private tours
- Distance4-5 km by bicycle
- DifficultyRelaxed, but be confident on your bike
- ChildrenAvailable for children ages 2 and up - please request with anticipation
- Group sizeIf you are more than 10 people we will give you another guide to help out with numbers
- What to BringCash for a taxi (around $3,000 clp each way) comfy clothes, sunscreen
- InclusionsWater, helmet, bilingual guide, your green machine and 4 tastings
- Not includedInsurance
Meet Your Guide at the Vineyard
Meet your green T-shirted guide at the vineyard, where we will give you a bottle of water, wine glass to put in your basket, and a green bike. Santiago’s hidden treasure nestled between the Andes is then ready for us to pedal right through the middle of it! One of our customers was so amazed he wrote on TripAdvisor that he “couldn’t believe that there could be a vineyard so close to the city” (Claire, Sydney).
1st 60 minutes: After weaving our way through the 80 year old vines, we stop to talk about how Cousiño Macul was born, including the grapes, and what is special about this family-owned vineyard. Our guide sneaks a bottle out of the bodega so we can enjoy a tasting between the vines. We will ‘salud’ below the sunlight and learn how to smell, taste, and enjoy the wine! Once the glasses are empty we are only a light peddle away from the wine cellar. You won’t be disappointed by this 1874 cellar built by french architects. Don Luis Causiño and Dona Isidora Goyenchea hired them especially for this historical construction. While the century-old residence is on the property, we respect the 6th generation family. We stick to biking through their yard (vineyard) instead of exploring their personal and private home.
4 Tastings of Wine
Next 60 minutes: 100 year old authentic wooden barrels tower over us as we walk through the winery. Your guru will take you through the french made cellar discussing the process. Onward we go, seeing equipment used to make wine from the 20s and 30s. A super relaxing morning/ afternoon will be had with 4 tastings of wine. Ask any questions and we’ll do a super job at answering them (especially if they are about wine).
Don’t forget to check out the wine shop at the end for some affordable vino to take home… or just drink.
PS: We’ll arrange a taxi to drop you off right at the metro when you are finished with your wine… Cheers to that!
- Mjmelchiori: The wines were amazing and the views of the surrounding area amazing! I highly recommend taking a tour with this company...
- Paula S.: I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a good time and learn something new in the process...
- Claire D.: This a great way to spend a few hours in Santiago. We had a good sized group for the bike & wine tour of about 9 people...